Here we go, another ten brilliant journalism work placements, as nominated by you guys. This is our fourth installment of the Wannabe Hacks top 50 (see 50 – 41, 40 – 31 and 30 – 21) and today we’ve pulled out the real big guns as well as a gem of a placement from abroad. What that also means is that the Wannabe Hacks top placement is close enough to almost taste – it’ll be announced tomorrow along the other top ten and a Wordle of all the nominations to see what comes up most frequently.
20. Leicester Mercury | 2 weeks | unpaid
After initially proving myself, I had leads in the paper every day for 2 weeks and have been asked back several times since. No pay at first, but they offered money for me to come back – Steve Anderson
19. The Publican | two weeks | unpaid
Great team, felt like member of team from day 1 chasing stories, doing interviews. got to work on news and features and they were great about giving bylines online and in print! – Ianthe Butt
18. Bloomberg internship | ten weeks | paid
Hard to get onto, but a great placement. You’re trained in writing newswire copy and financial journalism. You work as a normal journalist, with all the associated responsibility. It’s paid, and you could get a job at the end. A no-brainer – Alex Webb
17. The Mail on Sunday (Review section) | one week | £50 expenses
I was treated as a journalist, not as another work experience inconvenience. After (somewhat timidly) pitching an idea, I was constantly encouraged to present more and given the opportunity to write copy. I was given an awful lot of good advice and contacts – Kate Dobinson
16. The Independent (Fashion) | five weeks | unpaid
15. The Telegraph (Technology) | 1 week | unpaid
10 bylines, interviewed two celebs (Will Carling and Suzi Perry), networked like crazy and got two job interviews while I was there! Also got to sit next to the editor Tony Gallagher at the morning news briefing – Sam Shead
14. Media Wales | two weeks | expenses
I’d nominate Media Wales as the bext work exp I’ve ever had. Young, vibrant newsroom kept me busier than national experience – Dafydd Pritchard
13. Press Association | eight days | unpaid
I had stories published in three nationals and it looks great on your CV as the big papers get a lot of their stories from the PA wire anyway! You spend a lot of time out of the office running around but it’s worth it. Try and get on the video desk – Larissa Brown
12. OogTV | 4 weeks | unpaid (bar two bottles of wine on the last day)
Two weeks in and I was making my own news items; I did the interviews, directed the camera crew and oversaw the final edit. You get an amazing confidence boost when you see your items broadcasted, even if it’s only local TV – Myriam Dijck
11. The Wharf | three weeks | unpaid
It’s a local paper, so you get the feel of covering local issues, but it’s set in Canary Wharf, so there’s a whole load of interesting financial things to look out for as well. In my stint I doorstepped a recently convicted paedophile and spoke to travellers in a gypsy camp. A brilliant place to mix local journalism with a variety of other topics – Jo Stashko
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